No play before lunch on last day at Cardiff

Rain meant there was no play before lunch between England and Sri Lanka at Cardiff AFP

Cardiff: May 30, 2011

Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka here on Monday as the series opener headed for a draw.

The umpires opted to bring lunch forward to 12.30pm local time (1130GMT) in the hope of making a prompt start to the afternoon session. England were 491 for five in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings 400, a lead of 91 runs.

Ian Bell was 98 not out and Eoin Morgan unbeaten on 14 after Jonathan Trott had made 203 and Alastair Cook 133 on Sunday.

This is the first of a three-match series, with the second Test at Lord’s due to start on Friday.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 400 (Prasanna Jayawardene 112, Tharanga Paranavitana 66, Thilan Samarweera 58; James Anderson 3 for 66, Graeme Swann 3 for 78) vs England 491 for 5 (Jonathan Trott 203, Alastair Cook 133, Ian Bell 98*; Tillakaratne Dilshan 1 for 60, Ajanta Mendis 1 for 66)

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